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 Post subject: AAR - PART TWO - The Battle for Chattanooga
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:08 pm 
In case you missed the previous PART ONE it is located at
http://wargame.ch/board/acwgc/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=19544

Enjoy reading PART TWO as the two armies begin their battle along the slopes of Lookout Mountain!

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PART THREE to be released next weekend!


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 Post subject: Re: AAR - PART TWO - The Battle for Chattanooga
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:51 pm 
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Good day Officers of the ACWGC Sirs! <salute>

From a fans perspective, best darn serial writing since Charles Dickens.
What ever they are paying you Blake, it is not enough.
The pictures that you have included, (along with the maps), outstanding.
And Peter Parker keeps bringing in some shots of a mentally deranged man in some sort of pajamas!

From the Union CinC's perspective.
My forces would have a long march and I would have loved to take charge of Crittenden's forces as they were already in engagement . . . but, that was not my purview. I would just have to march patiently.

Lee/Crittenden was already doing a fine job with what he needed to do. I wanted the high ground early and quickly for 4 points. 1). I was hoping that the CSA defenses were not solidified, for as we all are aware, taking heights from an entrenched foe can be a b . . . ear. 2). It would help solidify the Union left allowing Lee/Crittenden to have a great base of operations from. Especially since Lee/Crittenden would be the earliest and closest Union Wing to the CSA and I was worried of a hard CSA attack to defeat him before the other two wings could arrive. 3). It formed an excellent strategic threat on the CSA with easy routes to strike at Chattanooga or Rossville. And 4). the views from up there are spectacular.

Hampus/Thomas was still the unknown and I wanted his forces on the northern side of the Chickamauga where he could receive assistance from me/McCook. Additionally I was not sure of if the CSA was going to come into Hampus's flank as he was heading north, (love the blind scenarios), and did not want him pinned/destroyed on the opposite side.

I read somewhere that Eisenhower gave general directives and then let the men underneath him figure out how to best accomplish that. He figured that 1). they best knew the details of what was in front of them and 2). they would always surprise him with their ingenuity in how they achieved the goal. Lee's setting up the battery on Moccasin Point is a perfect example of this.

While still early this was fun for as being a truly blind battle in every turn one had very little knowledge of what to expect. Those unexpected bumps, Clausewitz's Friction of War, that could lead to death or glory.

But we kept marching ahead because as was mentioned in the AAR - Part Two,

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"I gots to knows."

Until the next installment I remain respectfully yours with rounds and cigars provided by the Union forces that were engaged at the MDT.

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 Post subject: Re: AAR - PART TWO - The Battle for Chattanooga
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:04 pm 
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This it great! Thank you to all of the participants. A particular hats off to Blake, this is well done sir, well done indeed!! Thanks again!

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I never did figure out exactly why you guys let that leader that open... but I was happy to oblige the opportunity.

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Blake,

As per usual you've created a quality work that should hold the title of greatest AAR, least until your next one!
Sounds like it was a great deal of fun for all the participants too.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:24 am 
Thank you, sir! I always enjoy these reports as well. Observing a game is, I think, sometimes better than actually playing! All of the excitement and the suspense but then when the poop hits the fan you can just sit back and chuckle and be glad your butt isn't in the game being routed!

I just started a new MP game this week at Vicksburg. I hope to have a new MP game setup and organized in a couple of months. Never too early to contact me if anyone is interested.

Thanks!


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Lieutenant Blake <salute>

A fine piece of reporting, suh! I look forward to the next installment.

Highest regards,

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Thanks Blake - a fascinating exercise and very well reported.

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